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When Spenser is approached by Walter Clive, president of Three Fillies Stables, to find out who is threatening his horse Hugger Mugger, he can hardly say no; he's been doing pro bono work for so long his cupboards are just about bare. Disregarding the resentment of the local law enforcement, Spenser takes the case. Though Clive has hired a separate security firm, he wants someone with Spenser's experience to supervise the operation. And Spenser can't help being intrigued by Clive's daughter, Penny - one of the Three Fillies - who has an insider's knowledge of the horse world, a deceptively charming air, and a great pair of legs herself.Despite the veneer of civility, there are tensions beneath the surface Southern gentility. The rest of the Clive family isn't exactly thrilled with Spenser's presence, the security chief has made it clear he'll take orders from no one, and the local sheriff's deputy seems content to sit back and wait for another attack. But the case takes a deadly turn when the attacker claims a human victim, and Spenser must revise his take on the whole Three Fillies organization - and watch his own back as well.
©2000 Robert B. Parker; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.
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Nominee for Audio Publishers Association 2001 Audie Award, Mystery, Fiction
"...Moves along at a fast and entertaining clip." (Book)
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By Georganne on 06-12-05

questionable at first

I thought I was going to dislike the audio at first. The use of "I said","he said","she said" was off the scale! But I actually got used to it very quickly and totally enjoyed the book. I will read another by this author and reader-I think I'm hooked!

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By Jack on 06-04-05

Really good listen

I'd previously listened to Robert Parker's "Potshot" and enjoyed it. This book has the same mix of old style private eye, tough guy, glamorous and intelligent girlfriend, sexual references etc and it all works - and works well. The narration is first class and fits the character of the book; the plot gets you in and is well developed. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to others who want a light and stimulating thriller / detective story.

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By AReader on 02-15-13

Up to standard

All these Spenser books are the same but that is what you want and there is always a good story. Personally I find Susan a bit tedious, but that may be just me. Joe Mantegna is the perfect reader for this.

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